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Spelling of names is as they are reported in the State of Illinois records.
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ALLISTER
October 13, 1936, Thomas Allister, of Taylorville, machine man, age 44 years, died from injuries received on February 18 from fall of coal in mine No. 58 of Peabody Coal Company, leaving wife and two children.
 
AMBROSIA
December 22, 1916, Miro Ambrosia, of Tovey, loader, age 32 years, single, was killed by falling coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County.
 
ANDERSON
February 25, 1931, Charles Anderson, of Millerville, driver, age 53 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Penwell Coal Mining Company's mine.
 
ANKAITIS
February 6, 1916, Alex Ankaitis, of Assumption, laborer, age 30 years, single, died from the effect of burns due to an explosion of gas January 30, 1916 in the Assumption Coal and Mining Company's mine, Assumption, Christian County. He leaves two dependents.
 
ANOSIC
November 3, 1923, Mile Anosic, of Stonington, machine man, age 30 years, single, employed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 21 mine, was electrocuted while working on a mining machine.
 

B
BAKER
February 11, 1930, Robert Baker, of Taylorville, triprider, age 26 years, married was caught between loaded pit cars and killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 58 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
March 14, 1924, W. E. Baker, of Taylorville, machine man, age 36 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 9 mine. Deceased was working on a mining machine, the insulation came off some wiring, allowing the machine to become charged, and he was electrocuted. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BALLION
October 26, 1914, Vital Ballion, of Stonington, miner, age 41 years, married, was killed by falling clod in the Stonington Coal Company's mine, Stonington, Christian County. Deceased was loading coal at face of entry when about 300 pounds of clod fell from the roof striking him on the head and killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BARKER
February 1, 1918, William Barker, of Stonington, laborer, age 34 years, single, and Walter Crouch, of Blue Mound, laborer, age 22 years, married were killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 21 mine, by an explosion of gas. Crouch leaves a widow and four children.
 
BECKER
September 18, 1894, Matthew Becker, aged 37 years, married, leaves a widow and three children, occupation, miner, was killed at the mine of the Assumption Coal & Mining Company, Assumption, Christian county, September 18, 1894. He was undermining when a piece of roof fell on him killing him instantly. There was a slip in the roof running across the room and inclined towards the face: the rock that fell parted from this slip and long-wall break in the roof near the face.
 
BELL
February 21, 1946, Clarence Bell, of Tovey, tracklayer, aged 58 years, was killed from injuries received on February 20, 1946, by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow.
 
BERLUCCI
October 11, 1929, Attilio Berlucci, of Taylorville, machine helper, age 39 years, married, was killed by a fall of face coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 9 mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
BEYERS
December 12, 1939, William Beyers, of Taylorville, clod man, aged 60 years, married, killed by fall of clod in mine No. 58 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
BLACKBURN
September 14, 1896, Charles P. Blackburn, of Assumption, aged 42 years, occupation miner, married, leaves a widow and three children, was killed in a room in the first northwest entry of the west side of the mine of the Assumption Coal & Mining Company, Assumption, Christian county, at 3:20 p. m., September 14, 1896. Blackburn and partner had been sitting near the face at the roadway and were about to resume work when a large piece of rock fell on him causing instant death.
 
BOGART
January 12, 1916, Wednesday, Alva Bogart, of Kincaid, machine runner, age 28 years, married, employed in No. 7 mine, Peabody Coal Company, Kincaid, Christian County, was killed by falling coal. Deceased was shoveling slack at the rear end of a continuous cutting machine in a cross cut. The machine had cut through to an adjoining room and a large lump of coal, which had probably been broken by previous shots, rolled over from face and crushed his head. He leaves a widow.
 
BOLTON
December 2, 1915, Wm. D. Bolton, of Pana, miner, age 19 years, single, was killed by falling coal in the Smith-Lohr Coal Company's mine, Pana, Christian County.
 
BONDINO
July 20, 1926, James Bondino, of Taylorville, loader, age 47 years, single, was killed by a fall of slate in Peabody Coal Company's No. 9 mine.
 
BORIA
October 23, 1915, Saturday, Valentine Boria, of Kincaid, miner, age 37 years, single, was killed by falling clod in No. 7 mine, Peabody Coal Company, Kincaid, Cbristian County.
 
BRINKSALLA
April 10, 1926, Joseph Brinkskalla, of Taylorville, miner, age 56 years, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BROTHERS
October 28, 1889, Wm. Brothers, of Pana, and Wm. Leetham, of Pana, both married, and aged 34 and 47 years respectively, were injured September 5, 1889, by an explosion of fire-damp in No. 2 colliery of the Pana Coal Co., Wm. Leetham died Setember 15, 1889. Wm. Brothers for a short time seemed to be getting well, as he was going around, however, he had a relapse, bursting a blood vessel and died October 28, 1889. Thos. E. Jackson, night manager, with Brothers and Leetham, timbermen, were employed in the night shift, putting in timber cribs near the mouth of the 1st and 2d north entries on the west side of the shaft, with a view of putting in permanent stoppings, as the entries had been abandoned. Jackson and Brothers were working at the cribs, a strong current of air was passing between where the men were working and the old and abandoned entries. Leetham was looking around for some timber to make wedges to be used in the cribs; it appears he had passed beyond the ventilating current with his naked light, an explosion of fire-damp occurred, burning Leetham severely; the force of the explosion threw the timbers and debris on to Jackson and Brothers, and all three men were badly injured. Jackson recovered and is at work again.
 
BROWN
October 7, 1898, Politt Brown, of Assumption, a miner, aged 38 years, was killed October 7, 1898, in the Assumption Coal & Mining company's mine at Assumption, by a fall of rock in the face of the Long Wall work. he was in the act of taking down some coal at the working face; there was a slip in the coal which passed up into the rock. When the coal was relieved from the slip the rock fell and caught him. The slip could not be seen from the face of the coal.
 
BRYSON
March 4, 1929, Levi Bryson, of Pana, miner, age 64 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Penwell Coal Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BUCKLES
April 25, 1927, William Buckles, of Taylorville, laborer, age 33 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 58 mine. Deceased was employed replacing guides in hoisting shaft and was on the cage when the rope came out of groove os sheave wheel, breaking the rope, and the safety catches failing to work properly, the cage fell down the shaft. He leaves a widow.
 
BURKE
April 9, 1917, Thomas M. Burke, of Pana, miner, age 35 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Penwell Coal Mining Company's mine, Pana, Christian County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BUROSKI
November 2, 1925, William Buroski, of Pana, miner, age 45 years, married, was killed in Pana Coal Company's No. 1 mine by a shot explosion. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BURTUCCI
February 22, 1922, Joe Burtucci, of Taylorville, shot firer, age 54 years, married, was killed in Springfield District Coal Company's No. 58 mine by a shot explosion. He leaves a widow.
 
BUSH
The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois
November 15, 1949; Courtesy of Lois Branch
Mine Worker Killed
Taylorville, ILL.--(AP)--
      Frank Bush, 62, Decatur, was killed instantly Monday night in a rock fall at the Peabody coal mine No. 9 where he was a timberman.
 

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CALLOWAY
February 13, 1915, Wednesday, James Calloway, of Kincaid, miner, age 52 years, married, employed in the Peabody No. 7 mine, Kincaid, Christian County, was killed by falling coal. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
CAMBROZIA
June 1, 1917, Friday, Tony Cambrozia, of Kincaid, machine runner, age 32 years, single, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine, Kincaid, Christian County, by falling slate.
 
CAPRON
February 11, 1905, Alexander Capron, miner, aged 30 years, married, employed in the mine of the Assumption Coal & Mining Co., Assumption, Christian county, was instantly killed on the right hand side of his working place by a fall of rock about 3 p. m. This was an accident that could not have been foreseen or guarded against, as there was a slip in the roof which lay outwards from the face of the coal, the mine being worked long wall and as soon as the coal was taken down, the rock, which was about ten feet long, four feet wide, and two and one-half feet thick, fell between the coal face and the building, catching Capron, crushing out his life. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
CARDONI
January 23, 1956, Ralph Cardoni, of Springfield, timberman, age 61 years, married, was killed by a roof fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 10 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow.
 
CARTER
November 9, 1944, Thursday, William Carter, of Oconee, tracklayer, aged 56 years, married, died from injuries received the day before, Wedneday November 8, 1944, when rock fell on him in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
CASS
December 5, 1938, Merle Cass, of Edinburg, loading machine helper, aged 33 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in mine No, 8 of the Peabody Coal Company, Kincaid, Christian County, leaving widow and one child.
 
CAVATORTA
August 17, 1971, Victor Cavatorta, of Tovey, age 58, married , no dependent children, came to his death at 9:15 p.m., August 17, 1971 from crushing injuries received while in the performing of his duties as a belt shoveler at Peabody Coal Company, Mine No. 10, Pawnee, Christian County, Illinois, where he had been employed for 19 years.
      Mr Cavatorta was a classified driller, but upon his request had been used as a belt shoveler for about 6 months. There was no eyewitness to this accident but after investigation the conclusion was drawn was as follows:
      The victim for some unknown reason stepped on the framework of the combination tail and inadvertently placed his foot on the moving belt and was pulled into the tail roller. The body was recovered and taken on top at 1:05 p.m.
 
CHANCE
June 18, 1942, Robert R. Chance, of Taylorville, motorman, aged 21 years, married, was killed when he was caught between a car and the rib in mine No. 9 of the Peabody Coal Company. He leaves a widow.
 
CHEEK
March 25, 1933, Saturday, James Cheek, of Taylorville, loader, age 45 years, married, was killed by a fall of roof in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
CHEVALIER / CHEVALIAR
March 29, 1951, Bara A. Chevaliar, of Auburn, driller, aged 58 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in mine No, 8 of the Peabody Coal Company, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow.
 
CHILDRESS
December 23, 1944, Saturday, John Childress, driller, of Edinburg, aged 33 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CHOQUET
December 30, 1933, Leon Choquet, of Taylorville, machine man, age 46 years, married was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 58 mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CHRISTIAN
The Decatur Herald, Decatur, Illinois
October 4, 1949, Page 5; Courtesy of Lois Branch
$30,000 Damage Trial Opens in Christian
      Taylorville, Oct. 3 (Staff) A jury was being selected in Christian county circuit court today to hear the damage suits brought by Mrs. Alice Mae Daugherty and Mrs. Eva Christian against the Chicago & Illinois Midland Railway Co.
      Each woman seeks $15,000 for the death of her husband in a crossing crash at the entrance of Peabody mine No. 7 at Kincaid, on Nov. 20, 1948. The suit of Mrs. Susan Mildred Dyer, who has sued the company for an equal sum, will be tried separately.
      Husbands of the three women, Albert N. Daugherty, John Franklin Christian and John Allen Dyer, were killed when the car in which they were riding was struck by a C. & I. M. freight train at the mine yard's entrance. The suits charge the railway with operating the train at a reckless speed, failing to keep a look out for persons, parking coal cars on sidetrack obstructing the view, and failing to sound whistle or bell.
 
CLEMENTS
June 2, 1900, William Clements, of Taylorville, aged 17 years, was employed as assistant cager at the Taylorville Coal Co's mine, at Taylorville. It was the duty of deceased to sprag up the cars near the shaft bottom, so as to have them ready to put on the cage, but he neglected to take this precaution at this time, and as the trip stopped of itself he failed to secure them so they would not run down to the shaft bottom, and after running a car on the cage and signaling the engineer to start, he and his father, who was the cager, waited until the engineer started, which was a few moments, and during this time the car had started down towards the shaft bottom, and as they did not hear it it struck both of them just as the engineer lifted the cage off of the bottom, knocking the boy onto the cage in such a manner that his head was caught between the cage and the curbing, cutting the top of his head off, and knocking his father into the sump, injuring him severely.
 
CLERICK
March 15, 1917, Henry Clerick, of Kincaid, trip rider, age 22 years, single, was killed by pit cars, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County.
 
CLINTON
January 16, 1929, Wednesday, P. T. Clinton, of Kincaid, motorman, age 26 years, married was run over by motor and killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
COLLINS
December 9, 1947, George Collins, of Taylorville, motorman, aged 41 years, married, died from injuries received on December 8, 1947, by haulage in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
CONNOLLY
August 10. 1928, Terrance J. Connolly, of Assumption, mine manager and superintendent, age 60 years, married, died from injuries received four days earlier in Assumption Coal Mining Company's mine by an explosion of gas. The gas was ignited by sparks caused while connecting electric wire. He leaves a widow.
 
CONNOR
April 3, 1943, Saturday, Otto Robert Connor, of Taylorville, loading machine helper, aged 39 years, married, was killed when he was caught between a loader and a prop in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CONTE
December 20, 1965, John A. Conte, of Taylorville, age 56, married, died as a result of injuries sustained while at work at the Peabody Coal Company, Mine No. 10 located in Pawnee, Christian County, Illinois. Mr. Conte was employed as a Shuttle Car Operator and had had 11 years experience at this mine.
      The accident occurred at 9:40 a.m. on December 20, 1965, Mr, Conte was operating a shuttle car at the time of the accident. This was the last buggy to be loaded in this crosscut between Room 10 and 11 "C" buggy entry 2nd South 2nd East. The buggy was about two-thirds loaded when this place was cleaned up. Mr. Conte came out of this crosscut into Room 10 and never did straighten the wheels on the buggy, but kept going in a "U" shape and hit the rib while riding backwards. He was squeezed between the rib and the wheel of the shuttle car. He was taken to St. Vionvent Mermorial Nospital in Taylorville, Illinois where he died at about 11:30 a.m. His death was caused by massive internal injuries from a broken breastbone and broken ribs on the right side.
 
CORREDATO
April 11, 1952, Friday, Louis Corredato, of Kincaid, loading machine helper, aged 57 years, married, was killed when caught between the rib of coal and a buggy in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CORTESI
October 31, 1910, J. H. Davis, of Taylorville, miner, aged 49 years, single, and E. Cortesi, of Taylorville, miner, aged 36 years, single, employed by the Christian County Coal Company, Christian county, were killed. These men being hoisted, when a large piece of coal fell down the shaft, crushing the covering of the cage, killing them both instantly.
 
COWAN
March 22, 1934, Elmar Cowan, of Taylorville, machine man, age 47 years, married, was killed by a fall of clod in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
COWELL
December 3, 1909, William Cowell, of Taylorville, miner, aged 29 years, married, was burned by a powder explosion, in the Christian County Coal Company's mine, located at Taylorville, Christian county. Deceased and his brother. Thomas Cowell, were working together, and had drilled their blasts, and were preparing to charge them, when a spark from a lamp fell into the powder setting it off, which burned them both badly, resulting in the death of William, on December 26, 1910. Deceased leaves a widow and two children.
 
CROSBY            Information courtesy of Betty Nance
January 29, 1957, Herbert A. Crosby, aged 40 years, was killed in the Peabody Mine #17.
He was married to Desiree Lebon in 1950.
He is buried in Mound Cemetery, Pana, Christian County, Illinois.
Herbert Crosby tombstone
 
CROSS
August 25, 1962, Roy E. Cross, of Bulpitt, married, came to his death from a skull fracture while working at the Peabody Coal Company, Mine No. 10, Pawnee, Christian County, Illinois. The accident occurred about 11:30 a.m., August 25, 1962 in Room 5 "A" buggy entry 9th South off 1 West off of Main North. Mr. Cross was employed as a Shooter and had had ten years experience at this mine.
      At the time of the accident Mr. Cross was helping the loading machine operator. The machine was being trammed from R6 to R5 through the last crosscut, and when the machine was swung around to start going to the face of R5, the tail caught the victim against the rib, fracturing the skull.
      The roof was well supported by roof bolts and the roadway was clean. The loading machine was checked and found in good mechanical repair.
 
CROUCH
February 1, 1918, William Barker, of Stonington, Laborer, age 34 years, single, and Walter Crouch, of Blue Mound, laborer, age 22 years, married were killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 21 mine, by an explosion of gas. Crouch leaves a widow and four children.
 

D
DALEY
September 8, 1917, James Daley, of Pana, miner, age 54 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal at face of his room in Smith-Lohr Coal Company's mine, Pana. He leaves a widow and three dependent children.
 
DALTON
November 24, 1933, George Dalton, of Taylorville, timberman, age 32 years, single, was working on top of a fall when he was caught by a fall of rock and instantly killed, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County.
 
DANIELS
Avera Leo Daniels - correct name; coal report had first and second names reversed.
November 1, 1952, Leo Avera Daniels, of Taylorville, timberman, age 37 years, married, died by being electrocuted in Peabody Coal Company's No. 10 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and 8 dependent children.
 
DAUGHERTY
The Decatur Herald, Decatur, Illinois
October 4, 1949, Page 5; Courtesy of Lois Branch
$30,000 Damage Trial Opens in Christian
      Taylorville, Oct. 3 (Staff) A jury was being selected in Christian county circuit court today to hear the damage suits brought by Mrs. Alice Mae Daugherty and Mrs. Eva Christian against the Chicago & Illinois Midland Railway Co.
      Each woman seeks $15,000 for the death of her husband in a crossing crash at the entrance of Peabody mine No. 7 at Kincaid, on Nov. 20, 1948. The suit of Mrs. Susan Mildred Dyer, who has sued the company for an equal sum, will be tried separately.
      Husbands of the three women, Albert N. Daugherty, John Franklin Christian and John Allen Dyer, were killed when the car in which they were riding was struck by a C. & I. M. freight train at the mine yard's entrance. The suits charge the railway with operating the train at a reckless speed, failing to keep a look out for persons, parking coal cars on sidetrack obstructing the view, and failing to sound whistle or bell.
 

November 14, 1938, Chester Daugherty, of Taylorville, loading machine helper, aged 51 years, died from injuries received October 27th when he fell against loading machine fracturing his spine, in mine No. 7 of the Peabody Coal Company, leaving widow and eight children.
 
DAVIS
October 31, 1910, J. H. Davis, of Taylorville, miner, aged 49 years, single, and E. Cortesi, of Taylorville, miner, aged 36 years, single, employed by the Christian County Coal Company, Christian county, were killed. These men being hoisted, when a large piece of coal fell down the shaft, crushing the covering of the cage, killing them both instantly.
 
April 10, 1910, Morgan Davis, of Taylorville, laborer, age 56 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 58 mine by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow.
Morgan Byron "Pete" Davis
January 2, 1870 - April 10, 1926
Photographs and Information courtesy of Karen Hoover
Morgan & Ida Davis
Morgan "Pete" & Ida (nee Belt) Davis
Data extracted from obituary of Morgan Davis
The Daily Breeze, Monday. April 12, 1926
Morgan Davis, 56, well known coal miner of this city was killed Saturday at 3:30 P. M. when caught under a fall of 100 tons of coal at Peabody mine #56. The body was deep under the fall and was not uncovered until 7 Saturday eve.
He was a coal miner for 40 years.
Born in Williamsburg on January 20, 1870
      to Joseph and Elizabeth Davis.
Came to Taylorville 15 years ago.
Married Miss Belle Cox of Edinburg
      who proceeded him in death Jan. 22, 1890.
Married Miss Ida Belt of Edinburg on November 27, 1892.
His wife and four children survive.
Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
 
Death Certificate of Morgan Davis Morgan Davis - 514 W. First - Taylorville, Ill. - Resident of city : 15 years
Male - White - Married (Husband of Ida Davis)
Date of Birth : January 2, 1870 in Illinois - Age : 56 years, 2 months, 19 days - Date of Death : April 10, 1926
Occupation : Miner
Name of Father : Joseph Davis - Maiden Name of Mother : Tizzie Wallace
 
I Hereby Certify, That I took charge of the remains of the deceased herein described, held an Inquest thereon and from the evidence, obtained find that said deceased, came to His death on the date stated above and that the Cause of Death was as follows : Accidental fall of coal and slate in mine of Peabody Coal Co. Taylorville. Ill. on April 10, 1926
Signed : Leunetta L. Danford, Coroner, Owanico, Ill.
 
Place of Burial : Taylorville - Date of Burial : 4 - 12 - 26
Undertaker : B. E. Bulpitt, Taylorville
 
DEBURN
March 27, 1923, Joseph Deburn, of Assumption, miner, age 42 years, married was killed in Assumption Coal and Mining Company's mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and nine children.
 
DELINSKY
April 29, 1945, Anthony G. Delinsky, of Taylorville, triprider, aged 44 years, married, was killed when he was ran over by a car in mine No. 9 of the Peabody Coal Company. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
DESELEMS
July 16, 1947, Art Deselems, of Taylorville, triprider, aged 25 years, single, died from injuries received on July 15, 1947, by haulage in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County.
 
DIERNATH
April 27, 1919, William Diernath, of Kincaid, blacksmith, age 28 years, married was struck by a bar while working on top of cage in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Tovey, Christian County, and died three days later. He leaves a widow.
 
DIGANGI
March 28, 1952, Friday, Joseph Digangi, of Springfield, timberman, aged 52 years, married, was killed by a fall of the roof in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
DIXON
July 9, 1895, John L. Dixon, of Pana, aged 53 years, married, occupation mine manager, was killed at 9:10 a. m., July 9, 1895, at the mine of the Penwell Coal Mining Company, Pana, Christian county. He was standing near the elevator boot, removing an obstruction on the slide, when a railroad car partly filled with nut coal crushed him against a post of the elevator frame, causing instant death. There was a clearance of six inches between the car and the posts of the elevator. The car was being moved with a pinchbar. A man was talking to Mr. Dixon, and the sliding door of the elevator boot being obstructed, his mind was probably occupied so that he did not notice the slowly moving car. He left a widow and five children.
 
DONATI
August 28, 1951, Antonia Donati, of Tovey, motorman, aged 54 years, single, died from being crushed between a loading ramp and a coal car, in was killed by a fall of rock in mine No, 8 of the Peabody Coal Company, Kincaid, Christian County.
 
DOOLEY
December 14, 1939, Harry W. Dooley, of Taylorville, tool sharpener, aged 53 years, divorced, was killed by falling aginst bumper of motor, on December 9, 1939, in mine No. 7 of the Peabody Coal Company, leaving one dependent child.
 
DOOLIN
September 13, 1934, Albert Doolin, of Taylorville, company man, age 32 years, married, died from a fractured skull received the day before in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He was knocked off a motor by a timber they were hauling on the motor and struck his head against the rib and then the timber also struck his head. He leaves a widow and two dependent children.
 
DUDRA
May 14, 1943, Friday, Latislow Dudra, of Pana, trip rider, aged 28 years, married, was killed by being crushed between a coal car and a prop in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
DUNCAN
August 25, 1943, Wednesday, Earl Madison Duncan, of Taylorville, cutting machine helper, aged 51 years, married, was killed by a fall of clod in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
DuPONT
October 24, 1970, Aime DuPont, of Taylorville, age 67 years, married, no dependent children, came to his death on October 24, 1970 at 6:30 p.m. from injuries sustained in an accident at the Peabody Coal Co., No. 10 mine, Pawnee, Christian County, Illinois where he was employed as a loading machine operator.
      Mr. DuPont came below with the foreman and two supply men about 11:40 p.m. This was a habit of his. On occasions when one of the supply men was not there he would help make up the mantrips. Mr. DuPont went to where the mantrip was to wait for the other men to come down. For some reason he tried to move the mantrip from where it was stationed and was rolled by the mantrip car about 33 feet. The motor and mantrip car was found some 138 feet from where it was stationed with the controller on the 3rd point and the pole off the trolley because this was at the end of the trolley on this side. Evidently he was not in the cab of the motor when he was trying to move it, however, there was no eyewitness to this accident. Mr. Dupont suffered multiple internal injuries and compound fractures to both legs. He died in St. Vincent's Memorial Hospital the next morning, 6:30 a.m., October 24, 1970.
 
DURICH
February 20, 1939, William Durich, of Taylorville, yard man, aged 37 years, married, was killed by railroad car at mine No. 7 of the Peabody Coal Company, leaving wife and three dependent children.
 
DYER
January 27, 1917, Elmer Dyer, of Stonington, machine runner, age 35 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Peabody Coal Company's mine, No. 21, Stonington, Christian County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
The Decatur Herald, Decatur, Illinois
October 4, 1949, Page 5; Courtesy of Lois Branch
$30,000 Damage Trial Opens in Christian
      Taylorville, Oct. 3 (Staff) A jury was being selected in Christian county circuit court today to hear the damage suits brought by Mrs. Alice Mae Daugherty and Mrs. Eva Christian against the Chicago & Illinois Midland Railway Co.
      Each woman seeks $15,000 for the death of her husband in a crossing crash at the entrance of Peabody mine No. 7 at Kincaid, on Nov. 20, 1948. The suit of Mrs. Susan Mildred Dyer, who has sued the company for an equal sum, will be tried separately.
      Husbands of the three women, Albert N. Daugherty, John Franklin Christian and John Allen Dyer, were killed when the car in which they were riding was struck by a C. & I. M. freight train at the mine yard's entrance. The suits charge the railway with operating the train at a reckless speed, failing to keep a look out for persons, parking coal cars on sidetrack obstructing the view, and failing to sound whistle or bell.
 

August 2, 1946, Ura C. Dyer, of Sherman, cutting machine helper, aged 37 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in the Wenneborg Coal Company mine, Edinburg, Christian County. He leaves a widow and four children.
 

E
EDWARDS
May 21, 1945, Earl Wendell Edwards, of Taylorville, triprider, aged 34 years, married, was killed when he was knocked off the cage in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
EGGERMAN
February 26, 1922, Gus Melzer, of Taylorville, shot firer, age 26 years, married and Ernest Eggerman, of Taylorville, shot firer, age 36 years, married, died from injuries received from a shot explosion on February 21 in Springfield District Coal Company's No. 58 mine. Melzer leaves a widow and one child and Eggerman leaves a widow and four children.
 
ENGLE
March 31, 1910, D. D. Engle, of Stonington, miner, aged 47 years, married, was killed by falling clod in the Stonington Coal Company's mine at Stonington, Christian county.
 
ETTINGER
January 13, 1922, Cecil Ettinger, of Taylorville, laborer, age 20 years, married, was killed at Peabody Coal Company's No. 9 mine by being struck with a cable which had broken while being used to pull empty cars to tipple. He leaves a widow.
 
EWING
November 19, 1952, Elijah Earl Ewing, of Tovey, aged 54 years, married, was killed when his clothing was caught in a coal drill, at Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 Mine. He leaves a widow and two children dependent.
Obituary; courtsy of Rebecca Ewing
      Elijah E. Ewing died 11 19 1952, age 54 of Pawnee, employed as a driller on the second shift at #8, at Tovey. A native of West Frankfort, he was born 8 20 1898, the son of Elijah and Jane Ewing. Surviving are his wife and three children: Frank Jr., Christine, and Rebecca; brother Robert of Chicago; sisters Grace and Orbie, both of Springfield. Burial was in Horse Creek Cemetery with local Union 79, UMWA conducting graveside rituals.

 

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FASSERO
May 19, 1931, Angelo Fassero, of Kincaid, miner, age 44 years, died from injuries received December 22, when caught by a fall of clod in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
January 28, 1968, James Fassero, Sr., of Tovey, age 57, no dependent children, was fatally injured on January 22, 1968 at or about the hour of 10:45 a.m. while performing his duties as a shooter in the process of testing the roof at Peabody Coal Company, Mine #10 located three miles east of the village of Pawnee, Christian County, Illinois, where he had been employed for 15 years.
      Mr. Fassero was injured while taking down loose top coal, clod, and rib with a dutch head to make it safe for a shooting valve that was going to be placed nearby in this cross cut between R1 & 2-8S-2W-M.N. While pulling down this loose top coal, a piece of clod 1½ by 1½ feet and about two inches thick hit him on the front part of his head knocking him to the ground in a whiplash fashion. The clod fell from between roof bolts that were on 33 inch centers. This cross cut is seven feet wide and well supported by roof bolts. The immediate top above the clod is good lime rock. Two foot bolts were used to support the roof.       Mr. Fasseero died January 28, 1968 at 1:10 p.m. due to respiratory failure following the fracture of the cervical spinal cord.
 
FAUVERQUE
September 5,1928, Rene Fauverque, miner, age 24 years, married, and Doreni Fauverque, laborer, age 22 years, married, were killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 58 mine by a fall of rock. They each leave a widow.
 
FAVERO
January 20, 1922, Friday, John Favero, of Kincaid, miner, age 45 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
FINDLEY
December 4, 1899, James Findley, aged 40 years, a widower with four children, committed suicide, in a most unique manner by blowing off his head with a stick of dynamite, in the mine of the Assumption Coal and Mining Co., at Assumption. Deceased had been on a prolonged spree, and had just returned to work and was feeling very despondent, telling his partner that he was going to kill himself that day; but his partner paid no attention to his threat, and treated it as the mutterings of a semi-drunken man, who was feeling ill on account of his long spree, but it appears he (deceased) was in earnest about it, and took a stick of dynamite, which they kept on hand for brushing, and wandered off into an adjoining room, that was not working at the time, and placed the dynamite under his head with great precision and care, lighting the fuse which caused the stuff to explode with great violence, tearing away his whole head and part of his arm.
 
FINNEGAN
February 15, 1913, Willie Finnegan, Jr., of Assumption, driver, aged 20 years, single, was injured by pit cars in Assumption Coal Mining Company's mine, Assumption, Christian County, and died a few months later.
 
FINNIGAN
December 24, 1946, John Finnigan, of Langleyville, triprider, aged 56 years, married, was killed by haulage in mine No. 9 of the Peabody Coal Comapny.
 
FLAHART
October 9, 1937, John Flahart, of Langleyville, trip rider, age 29 years, married, crushed between car and bar leg in mine No. 9 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife and one child.
 
FLYNN
January 8, 1930, William Flynn, of Virden, machineman, age 42 years, married, was electrocuted in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County, by coming in contact with the starting box of a mining machine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
FOSTER
July 11, 1889, John A. Foster, of Pana, a widower, aged 31 years, was killed July 11, 1889, at No. 1 colliery of the Pana Coal Co.. He had fired a shot in the face of the room where he worked; the powder had blown up into the roof next to the face of the coal, the top-coal was still standing up, but in taking down the top coal the slate became loosened at the face and the coal and slate all came away together and caught him.
 
FRIDDLE
March 10, 1905, Joseph Friddle, topman, aged 31 years, married, employed in the mine of the Stonington Coal Co., Stonington, Christian county, was instantly killed by falling down the shaft; the accident occurred about 10 p. m., while the men were changing shifts, the shaft being in process of sinking. Deceased was alone at the top of the shaft, and no one saw him fall, but the supposition is that he lost his balance while raising the door which covered the top of the shaft, falling to the bottom, a distance of 370 feet. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
FRITTS
June 17, 1941, John William Fritts, of Taylorville, timberman, aged 54 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 58 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
FRYMAN
August 22, 1929, Earl Fryman, of Taylorville, laborer, age 25 years, married, died from injuries received three days before in Peabody Coal Company's No. 9 mine, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
FURRY
September 12, 1923, William Furry [or Teirry], of Stonington, miner, age 46 years, married, was killed in No. 21 mine, Peabody Coal Company, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 

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GARDNER
December 16, 1932, Friday, Arthur Gardner, of Benton, machine operator, age 38 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
GHARRIDINI
October 28, 1936, Pete Gharridini, of Taylorville, driver aged 49 years, was crushed by cars in the mine of the Edinburg Coal Company, leaving wife.
 
GOODEN
March 11, 1946, Fred Gooden, of Tovey, cutting machine operator, aged 59 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County.
 
GONVENOR
July 14, 1936, Marcel Gonvenor, of Taylorville, timberman, age 38 years, single, killed by a fall of rock in mine No. 9 of the Peabody Coal Co., one dependent.
 
GRABLE
The Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, Illinois
June 2, 1949; Courtesy of Lois Branch
Youth Killed In Coal Fall
Taylorville, June 2 (Staff)
      Billie J. Grable, 20, was killed instantly this morning in the Peabody mine, No. 9, at Langleyville.
      Mr. Grable was employed as a trip rider and his father, Lenus Grable, was running the motor on which he was working when caught beneath a fall of coal.
      He was born in Logan, Franklin county, Ill., April 28, 1929, and the family moved to Taylorville in 1932. He was a graduate of Taylorville high school.
      He leaves his parents and two sisters, Mr. Pauline Burke and Mrs. Maveline Estes, all of Taylorville.
      The body is at the Shafer funeral home. Arrangements are incomplete. Coroner Earl Baker will conduct an inquest at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
 
GRAHM
February 1, 1918, John Grahm, of Kincaid, laborer, age 43 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. Deceased was repairing motor track and stepped out of the way of a motor trip. Unknown to him a part of the trip had broken loose and just as he stepped back onto the track it struck him. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
GRIFFITH
October 2, 1912, Evan Griffith, of Taylorville, miner, aged 25 years, single, was killed by pit cars in the Springfield Coal Company's No. 6 mine, Taylorville, Christian County.
 
GUDESKY
June 12, 1919, John Gudesky, of Kincaid, laborer, age 32 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine, Kincaid.
 

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HABAKUK
May 29, 1930, Charles Habakuk, of Thayer, miner, age 67 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow.
 
HACHAT
November 13, 1941, Arthur E. Hachat, of Tovey, triprider, aged 41 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him on November 12, 1941 in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
HALBERT
August 5, 1912, Samuel Halbert, of Pana, miner, aged 66 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in the Penwell Coal Mining Company's mine, Pana, Christian County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
HALL
December 4, 1912, John Hall, of Taylorville, miner, aged 22 years, single, employed in the Springfield Coal Company's No. 6 mine, Taylorville, Christian County, was killed by falling rock.
 
HANLON
February 28, 1923, Wednesday, James Hanlon, of Taylorville, miner, age 30 years, married was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
HANSON
December 10, 1930, John Hanson, of Pana, miner, age 59 years, married, was killed in Pana Coal Company's No. 1 mine by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
HARRIS
July 29, 1943, Thursday, William John Harris, of Auburn, trip rider, aged 35 years, married, died after a fall of slate on Saturday, July 24, 1943, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HARRISON
July 2, 1913, Wednesday, Lawrence Harrison, of Kincaid, laborer, aged 35 years, single, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's mine No. 7, Kincaid, Christian County, by fall of slate.
 
November 29, 1935, Martin Harrison, of Taylorville, face boss, age 50 years, married, killed by a fall of rock in mine No. 9 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife and three children.
 
HART
June 4, 1907, Lewis Hart, of Pana, miner, aged 58 years, married, was found dead under some coal at the face of his room in the mine of the Penwell Coal Company, Pana, Christian county. Deceased and his partner had left the room to secure some rails and ties for tracking when, on their way out, Hart suddenly turned and went into his room. When his partner returned, having been away not more than ten minutes, he found deceased under the coal, It is what is termed a standing shot and deceased knew that it was very dangerous. He leaves a widow and four grown children.
 
HARTOR
November 28, 1904, Mike Hartor, miner, aged 55 years, married, employed in the Newbent Coal Co.'s mine, Pana, Christian County, was instantly killed by falling coal. Deceased was engaged in mining or undercutting the coal in his working place. Her had undercut the coal to a depth of seven feet, but had failed to put in sufficient sprags as supports, part of the coal fell striking him and breaking his neck. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HARVEY
December 21, 1895, Alfred Harvey, of Pana, aged 53 years, occupation miner, left a widow. He was struck by a prop that was knocked out by falling coal at 12:30 p. m., December 19, 1895, in a room at the mine of the Penwell Coal Mining Company, Pana, Christian county, and died on December 21, 1895.
 
HATTON
March 7, 1900, William Hatton of Pana, aged 21 years, married, was killed in the mine of Penwell Coal Co., at Pana. he was a driver and was coming out with a trip of coal when one of the cars jumped the track knocking out some of the timbers, letting a quantity of slate fall, which caught him, killing him instantly. In all probability, had he not attempted to protect the mule from danger he would not have been killed.
 
HAUSEN
March 28, 1913, W. A. Hausen, of Pana, laborer, aged 30 years, married, was killed by falling coal in the Penwell Coal Mining Company's mine, Pana, Christian County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HAUSLER
January 25, 1916, John Hausler, of Kincaid, miner, age 28 years, married, was killed by falling slate in No. 8 mine, Peabody Coal Company. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HAYES
November 7, 1950, Joseph Hallie Hayes, of Taylorville, laborer, aged 60 years, was killed by being crushed between pit cars in Peabody Coal Company's No. 58 mine. He leaves a widow and four dependent children.
 
HEFFRON
February 28, 1930, Mike Heffron, of Taylorville, machine helper, age 48 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 58 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
HENRIOTT
November 3, 1893, Louis Henriott, of Pana, driver, aged 29 years, single, was killed by being run over by pit-cars in mine No. 1of the Pana Coal Company, Pana, Christian county. The deceased was taking a trip of three loaded cars down a light grade, and when found was lying across the track, the first car having passed over his body. He died about fifteen minutes after being found. The grade where the accident happened being very light, a trip could be hauled over it without spragging any of the wheels. What caused him to fall under the cars is not accounted for. The cars have sixteen inch wheels and hold about two tons of coal.
 
HERIOT
September 27, 1926, Joseph Heriot, of Moweaqua, machine runner, age 35 years, married, was killed in Assumption Coal Mining Company's mine when he came in contact with some part of machine charged with electric current. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HICKS
February 21, 1964, John J. Hicks, of Taylorville, age 48, married, two dependent children, was fatally injured at about 7:00 p.m. on February 21, 1964 at the Peabody Coal Company, Mine No. 10 located at Pawnee, Christian County, Illinois. He was employed as a Face Boss and had had six years experience at this mine.
      Mr. Hicks was attempting to load a cutting machine part into a battery shuttle car. Mr. Eulas Purcell, repairman, brought the machine part into Mr. Hicks at the end of the track in the 2nd East Main North about an hour prior to the accident. Mr. Hicks, the victim, told Mr. Purcell to do in and help Mr. Ferrari , the section foreman, repair the other cutting machine which was also broken down.
      Mr. Hicks was alone at the time of the accident. He was found sitting on the shuttle car seat by Mr. Ferrari and Mr. Purcell. Mr. Hicks was put on a stretcher and taken out to the surface where he was pronounced dead about 8:10 p.m. by a doctor. The doctor said he had a broken neck and probably died instantly.
      No unusual conditions were noted at the scene of the accident. The timbering machine and shuttle car were checked and found in good working condition, except for lights, which had no bearing on this accident. A timbering machine which was in a crosscut nearby was used to lift the machine part off the trolley motor. A hoist that is used for this kind of work was about 720 feet away on the track road. The cause of the accident was improper use of machinery and being away from his duties.
 
HOGGATT
May 9, 1950, John Hoggatt, of Georgetown, aged 59 years, motorman, married, died from injuries received as a result of a fall of coal in Peabody Coal Company's Mine No. 9. He leaves a widow.
 
HONORE
Decemmber 22, 1952, Henry Honore, of Edinburg, loading machine operator, aged 44 years, married, was killed by a roof in mine No, 8 of the Peabody Coal Company, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
HOOVER
October 20. 1909, William P. Hoover, of Taylorville, miner, aged 38 years, married, was instantly killed by falling coal, in the Christian County Coal Company's mine at Taylorville, Christian county.
 
HOWARD
February 21, 1938, Willis D. Howard, of Taylorville, tracklayer, age 56 years, married, crushed by cars at mine No. 9 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
HUFFMASTER
January 30, 1939, Victor Huffmaster, of Pana, top man, aged 51 years, married, killed by clothes catching in drive shaft to shakers at No. 1 mine of the Pana Coal Mining Co., leaving wife and two dependent children.
Note : On a later page in the same report, there is a chart listing this death as having occurred in the Penwell Coal Mine.
A newspaper article also states death occurring in Penwell Coal Mine :
The Pana News, Pana, Illinois; Monday, January 30, 1939
      ( Article furnished by Donna Showalter )
Victor Huffmaster Kulled In Mine Accident Today
      Victor (Jake) Huffmaster, aged 51, was instantaneously killed at 10:00 this morning in an accident in the Penwell coal mine tipple.
       Huffmaster evidently was drawn closely to a heavy flywheel and dashed to his death against the floor, when his sleeve or heavy clothing about his body caught in a set screw on the whirling shaft. His head badly crushed, he was believed dead when fellow workers discovered the tragedy and shut off machinery.
      Examined at the coroner's inquest at the Kirkpatrick funeral home this afternoon were witnesses Richard Rollo jr., dock boss in the tipple, and Roscoe Clark, who was working on ground level. Clark said Eddie Marsland had shouted to him that Huffmaster had been killed or badly hurt, and told of climbing to the scene of the tragedy and helping to cut the body loose.
      Rollo said he believed the accident happened when Huffmaster's clothing was caught by the revolving shaft.
      The jury was: Henry Bertin, foreman; Creighton Newell, clerk; John Gaines sr., Martin Webb, Cahrles Truitt and Joe Havrilka.
      The following verdict was returned: "That he came to his death when clothing accidentally became caught in a revolving shaft at the Penwell Coal Mining company at Pana, Illinois at 10:00 a.m. January 30. Injuries sustained was a crushed chest and a fractured skull."
      Victor J. Huffmaster was born in Owaneco May 2, 1887, the son of the late A. P. and Ella Connors Huffmaster. He has been employed by the Penwell Coal company. He was married to Miss Mary Kloever, who with 8 daughters survives. They are: Mrs James Neese, Oconee; Mrs. Wilbur Hall, Pana; Mrs Ellamae Corley, Pana; Alberta, Magdaline and Hattirose, all at home. One daughter, Isabel, died in Pana about 3 years ago. He also leaves 5 brothers and one sister; Bryan, Chester; Bruce and Steven, Gillespie; Cecil, Chicago; Walter, Joliet, and Mrs. Axie Desbow, Warrensburg.
      Deceased was a member of the Penwell Miners local and the First Baptist church.
      Funeral services will be held at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon in the First Baptist church with the pastor, Rev. R. J. Anderson, officiating. Interment will be in Mound cemetery with the Kirkpatrick funeral service of Pana in charge.
      Remains will be taken to the family home on North Franklin street Tuesday afternoon.

HUNT
May 28, 1975, Jackson H. Ray, of Tovey, age 44, married, two dependents, and Mr. Kenneth A. Hunt, of Taylorville, age 36, married, four dependents, came to their death at approximately 7:10 p.m., Wednesday, May 28, 1975, from crushing injuries caused by a roof fall while in the performance of their duties, at the Peabody Coal Company Mine No. 10, Pawnee, Christian County where Mr. Ray was employed as a Miner Operator and Mr. Hunt was a Timberman.
      The roof fall occurred in the face area of No. 4 Entry of the 2 East First South 5½ W. Main South Section.
      Mr. Hunt, who was operating the Moner, started a cross-cut to the left, starting on the left side and finishing on the right. It was after they finished cutting this cross-cut that they began cutting down what was considered loose rock. In the process of brushing down this loose rock, the roof fell, fatally injuring both the men.
 
HURTIN
October 24, 1939, Edmund Hurtin, of Tower Hill, miner, aged 54 years, Killed by a fall of coal at mine No. 1 of the Penwell Coal Mining Company, leaving wife.
 
HURTTE ~ listed as Hurtt in Annual Coal Report
July 28, 1959, Oren E. Hurtte, of Taylorville, age 56, married, no dependent children, employed as a driller, died about 4:45 p.m. July 28, 1959, as the result of injuries received at Mine No. 10 of the Peabody Coal Company's located at Pawnee, Christian County, Illinois, while operating a dooley-twin coal drill. He had 7 years experience at this mine.
      The drill became entangled when his clothing was caught by the auger of the drill while attempting to stamp the face of the coal for the next hole to be drilled.
 
HYSLOP
February 12, 1927, James Hyslop, of Stonington, miner, age 34 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 58 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

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INGLIS
February 25, 1931, James Inglis, of Taylorville, machine helper, age 42 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 58 mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
INGOLD
October 26, 1939, Amos Ingold, Jr., of Kincaid, motorman, aged 44 years, married, was crushed by cars in mine No. 7 of the Peabody Coal Company, leaving wife.
 
IOCCA
May 18, 1953, Frank N. Iocca, of Springfield, clod man, age 54 years, single, was killed by a roof fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 10 mine, Kincaid, Christian County.
 
IVY
August 10, 1926, Ross Ivy, of Hillsboro, trip-rider, age 29 years, married , was crushed between two pit cars while trying to make a coupling from a moving car, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 9 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

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JACOBS
September 8, 1913, Monday, Edward Jacobs, of Gillespie, cager, aged 27 years, single, was killed at Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He took hold of a live wire and was electrocuted.
 
JASUKENAS
August 18, 1944, Stanley Jasukenas, of Auburn, clodman, aged 55 years, single, was killed when rock fell on him in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County.
 
JEFFRESS
March 17, 1945, Saturday, Earl Clyde Jeffress, of Kincaid, loading machine operator, aged 40 years, married, was killed by a rock fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
JEVALTOS
The Decatur Daily Review Decatur, Illinois
November 19, 1949; Courtesy of Lois Branch
Bulpitt Miner Killed In Tovey Rock Fall
Taylorville, Nov. 18 (Staff)
      Alex Jevaltos, 57, of Bulpitt was killed instantly under a rock fall in Peabody mine No. 8 at Tovey, where he was a driller, at 12:30 p.m. today.
      He leaves his wife Stella and daughter Doretta.
      The body is at the Masterson funeral home, Taylorville. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Monday in St. Rita's Catholic church, Kincaid, with burial in Oak Hill cemetery.
 
JEWELL
November 5, 1929, Charles Jewell, of Tovey, timberman, age 58 years, married, was killed by a fall of roof in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County.. He leaves a widow.
 
JOHNSON
June 21, 1923, Clark Johnson, of Taylorville, miner, age 52 years, was killed in Springfield District Coal Company's No. 58 mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
December 22, 1894, Dominick Johnson, aged 24 years, single, occupation, sinker, was injured in the escapement shaft of the Assumption Coal & Mining Company, Assumption, Christian county, on December 17, 1894. The shift was timbering; the rope was sent up for timber, the topman took hold of the hook at the end of the rope to attach the timber to it when the hook, clevis and bolt became disconnected and fell out of his hand and went down the shaft. The hook struck Johnson on the thigh injuring him so severely that amputation became necessary, to this he would not consent, septicaemia set in and he died on December 22, 1894.
 
August 1, 1963, Lee Johnson, of Taylorville, age 53, married, was fatally injured at the Peabody Coal Company, Mine No. 10 located at Pawnee, Christian County, Illinois on August 1, 1963 at 2:20 p.m. by a fall of roof. He was employed as a Rock Duster and had had 7 years experience at this mine.
      Mr. Johnson was operating a loading machine while his buddy was getting a drink of water about 300 feet away at the repair shop. He was waiting for a shuttle car to approach the loading machine. This would have been the fourth shuttle car loaded out of this place. The shuttle car operator saw two roof bolts fall out and hollered at Mr. Johnson. The shuttle car operator ran and got in the clear, but the roof fell before Mr. Johnson could get in the clear. The victim was killed instantly.
      The fall was 57 feet long, 27.8 feet wide and about 5 feet thick. The accident occurred about 26 feet from the face of room 8, "C" buggy entry, 5th South, 5th East.
 
JONES
June 16, 1944, Raymond Jones, of Taylorville, triprider, aged 36 years, married, was killed when caught between car and prop in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
JOSAVITT
March 31, 1895, Christopher Josavitt, of Taylorville, aged 35 years, single, occupation: machine helper, was injured at the mine of the Taylorville Coal Company, Taylorville, Christian county, March 30, 1895, and died on the following day. He was shoveling from the machine when a piece of the roof fell on him. In one corner of the room where he was working there was a downthrow of two feet; four slips were in the roof near the downthrow. A few minutes before the accident he had sounded the roof and pronounced it safe.
 

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KADLUBEK
August 5, 1893, John Kadlubek, of Pana, a single man, aged 24 years, miner, at the No. 2 mine of the Pana Coal Company, Pana, Christian county, was killed by falling off the cage. A cage load of men were coming up the shaft; when about 50 feet from the bottom the deceased stooped to pick something up; his head caught in the side timbers and he was crushed between the side and cage, falling to the bottom of the shaft. It was supposed that he dropped the lid of his dinner bucket and was stooping to pick it up.
 
KEETON
January 12, 1939, William E. Keeton, of Taylorville, helper on loading machine, aged 54 years, divorced, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 9 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving two dependent children.
 
KEIRS
May 7, 1931, Thursday, Andrew Keirs, of Kincaid, motorman, age 30 years, married, was killed by being struck by a motor in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KELLER
March 18, 1947, Lyle Keller, of Taylorville, triprider, aged 45 years, married, was killed by haulage in Peabody Coal Company's No. 58 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KETCHEM
October 20, 1893, G. S. Ketchem, of Pana, driver, aged 24, married, met with a fatal accident at mine No. 2 of the Pana Coal Company, Pana, Christian county, and died the next day at noon. On inspection it was found that the duties of the deceased were to feed the mules and haul the coal from the entries that were being driven at night. In an entry where it was customary to haul two and three cars at a trip, he had hauled five empty cars in the front and back entries until he had five loaded cars, which he commenced to haul at one trip. The entry which the trip was on was down grade from the face. The cars have wheels sixteen inches in diameter and hold about two tons of coal. After the trip started it got beyond his control and threw him across the track in front of the trip when the wheels of the first car passed over his body. It was reported that he had sprags on the cars but it seems did not use them. He left a widow and two children.
 
KIKOSKA
June 22, 1945, Friday, Frank Kikoska, of Springfield, timberman, aged 52 years, single, was killed by a rock fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine.
 
KOCHIS
August 11, 1942, Andrew Kochis, of Tovey, electrical repairman, aged 30 years, single, was killed when a conveyor fell on his head in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County.
Obituary
                                                                newspaper clipping courtesy of Lois Branch
Tovey Man Killed In Mine Accident
Taylorville, Aug. 11-- Andrew Kochis, 30, of Tovey was killed instantly about 4 a. m. today at Mine No. 8 in Tovey. Kochis was an electrician and was repairing a loading machine when a boom fell on his head. He had resided in Tovey twenty-four years, moving there with his family from Benld. He was a member of local union No. 79, U.M.W.A., and St. Rita's Catholic church in Kincaid. Kochis was born July 27, 1912, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kochis. Surviving are his parents; two brothers, Sam, who is in the army, and Steve of St. Louis, and one sister, Regina, at home. The body was removed to the J. R. Masterson funeral home where Deputy Coroner Ben Boyd will conduct an inquest.

KUPEIK
February 6, 1936, Fred J. Kupeik, of Taylorville, machine operator, aged 27 years, married, was killed by a fall of clod in mine No, 8 of the Peabody Coal Company, Kincaid, Christian County, leaving wife and one child.
 

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LAMBIN
January 5, 1956, Constant Lambin, of Taylorville, cutting machine operator, age 47 years, married, died from injuries received in a roof fall on November 30, 1955 in Peabody Coal Company's No. 10 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow.
 
LANCASTER
March 5, 1971, Vesper Dean Lancaster, of Kincaid, age 49, married , 2 dependent children, came to his death at or about the hour of 10:30 p.m. March 5, 1971 from a head injury accidentally received while in the performance of his duties at the Peabody Coal Co., Mine No. 10, Pawnee, Christian County, Illinois while operating a shuttle car. He had been employed at this mine for 6 years.
      Mr. Lancaster was operating a shuttle car and was going under an overcast when his head hit the bottom of the overcast. He was evidently not sitting in the cab and his head was too high. The clearance at this point is 5 feet 1 inch. There we no abnormal conditions observed, and the shuttle car was checked and found in good working condition. It is down grade on both sides of the overcast. The extent of his injuries were bad lacerations to the head and probably broken neck. He was taken to Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois by ambulance, accompanied by his two buddies, Mr. Welburn, loading machine operator and Mr. Lahr, loading machine helper, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital by a doctor.
 
LANE
May 20, 1914, Harry Lane, of Pana, driver, aged 28 years, single, was killed by falling rock in Penwell Coal Mining Company's mine, Pana, Christian County. Accident was caused by loaded pit car leaving track and knocking out prop which supported loose rock.
 
December 20, 1914, Harry Lane, of Pana, driver, aged 23 years, single, was killed by falling slate in the Penwell Coal Mining Company's mine, Pana, Christian County.
 
LARK
November 16, 1893, Charles Lark, of Pana, driver, aged 39 years, married, was fatally injured in mine No. 2 of the Pana Coal Company, Pana, Christian county. The deceased was engaged in breaking in a new mule, which he had been working for two days previous, while pulling two cars of coal down a light grade, at the bottom of which was a small pool of water, near the side of the track. The mule stopped at this place, squeezing the driver against the car. The mule then started forward and at the same time kicked Lark, causing him to tall across the track. The cars continued moving until the front one ran on to him, injuring him so seriously that he died six days afterwards. The cars had sixteen inch wheels and held about two tons of coal each. He left a widow and four children.
 
LASATER
August 15, 1939, Roland Lasater, of Taylorville, loading machine operator, aged 38 years, married, killed by fall of top coal and clod in mine No. 9 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife.
 
LEETHAM
September 15, 1889, Wm. Brothers, of Pana, and Wm. Leetham, of Pana, both married, and aged 34 and 47 years respectively, were injured September 5, 1889, by an explosion of fire-damp in No. 2 colliery of the Pana Coal Co., Wm. Leetham died September 15, 1889. Wm. Brothers for a short time seemed to be getting well, as he was going around, however, he had a relapse, bursting a blood vessel and died October 28, 1889. Thos. E. Jackson, night manager, with Brothers and Leetham, timbermen, were employed in the night shift, putting in timber cribs near the mouth of the 1st and 2d north entries on the west side of the shaft, with a view of putting in permanent stoppings, as the entries had been abandoned. Jackson and Brothers were working at the cribs, a strong current of air was passing between where the men were working and the old and abandoned entries. Leetham was looking around for some timber to make wedges to be used in the cribs; it appears he had passed beyond the ventilating current with his naked light, an explosion of fire-damp occurred, burning Leetham severely; the force of the explosion threw the timbers and debris on to Jackson and Brothers, and all three men were badly injured. Jackson recovered and is at work again.
 
LeMAIRE
February 3, 1942, Leonel LeMaire, Jr., of Stonington, timberman, aged 42 years, married, killed by a roof fall in mine No. 9 of the Peabody Coal Company. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LILLIE
November 6, 1926, James Lillie, of Tovey, loader, age 30 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Peabody Coal Company's No. 9 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LLOYD
September 14, 1928, Friday, John Lloyd, of Kincaid, miner, age 55 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LUCAS
July 21, 1945, Joseph Lucas, of Kincaid, timberman, aged 42 years, married, was injured on July 13, 1945 in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County, and died from the effects of anesthesia on July 21, 1945. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
LYNCH
November 19, 1948, Frank M. Lynch, of Pana, aged 40 years, Airdox shooter, married, died from injuries received from a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's Mine No. 9. He leaves a widow.
 

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MACHINERY
December 2, 1931, William Machinery, of Tovey, loader, age 27 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MAGGS
The Decatur Daily Review Decatur, Illinois
November 13, 1949, page 20; Courtesy of Lois Branch
Auburn Man Stricken At Taylorville Mine
Taylorville, Nov. 12 (Staff)
      Jacob Maggs, 53, of Auburn, died suddenly at 11:30 p.m. Friday at Peabody mine No. 58, where he was employed.
      The body was taken to the Willis funeral home in Auburn. Coroner Earl Baker will hold an inquest at 2 p.m. Monday.
      Mr. Maggs leaves his wife, Nina; two children, Bonita and Jacob, Jr.; a brother, Charles of Auburn; and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Mattershaw of Thayer, Ill., and Mrs. Matilda Patrila of Auburn.
      Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
 
MALAVOLTI
January 4, 1922, Doric Malavolti, of Taylorville, machine runner, age 29 years, single, was electrocuted by coming in contact with a mining machine in Peabody Coal Company's No. 9 mine.
 
MALESKY
August 22, 1942, William Malesky, of Pana, miner, aged 59 years, single, died from injuries received on August 17, 1942, in Pana Mines Corporation's No. 1 mine, when coal fell from the face on him.
 
MALKIS
October 23, 1898, Andrew Malkis, of Taylorville, a machine helper, aged 33 years, was killed Oct. 23, 1898, in the Taylorville Coal Company's mine, Taylorville. The machine runner had cut across the room and was working on the last cut, on the right hand side of the room. There was a large slip on the back of the coal that was being cut. About thirty tons of coal suddenly fell away and caught him as he was shoveling away from the machine, killing him instantly, it was said he had a wife and two children in Russia.
 
MANAGLIA
February 26, 1948, Aristide Managlia, of Edinburg, aged 59 years, timberman, married, died from injuries received the day before, February 25, 1948, as a result of a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's Mine No. 9. He leaves a widow.
 
MARCINKIVSCH
April 9, 1894, Andrew Marcinkivsch, of Pana, miner, aged 27 years, single man, was killed by falling top coal in the mine of the Springside Coal and Mining Company, Pana, Christian county. The deceased was loading a car, when a piece of top coal 4 feet long, 2 feet wide and 1½ feet thick, parted from the roof bringing with it a piece of slate about 3 inches thick. The coal and slate struck him causing such injuries that he died about three hours afterwards.
 
MARNAI
December 10, 1915, Angelo Marnai, of Troy, miner, age 30 years, single, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County, by a shot explosion.
 
MASON
November 4, 1899, John Mason, of Edinburg, aged 22 years, single, was killed by a fall of top-coal in room No. 11, first east entry in the mine of the Edinburg Coal Company. The accident occurred shortly before noon. Deceased and his partner had got their shots prepared, and were ready to fire when the proper time came, but as it lacked several minutes of firing time they concluded to go up the entry quite a ways and visit an acquaintance until shooting time, which they did. The party who worked in the room where the accident occurred was engaged in drilling a hole in a piece of top-coal for the purpose of getting it down. The piece of coal contained what is called a powder crack that was not observable, and as soon as the auger struck this crack the coal suddenly gave way, falling on Mason and killing him instantly. There was a marked peculiarity about this accident, as the coal that fell was just about the size and nearly the exact shape of a coffin. Had deceased stayed in his own work place, where he rightly belonged, he would not have been hurt at all.
 
MATON
May 12, 1926, Ameal Maton, of Pana, miner, age 27 years, married, was killed by a shot explosion in Pana Coal Company's mine No. 2. He leaves a widow and three children
 
MATTHEWS
May 25, 1911, Emal Matthews, of Pana, miner, aged 52 years, single, employed at Pana Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Pana, Christian county, was killed by a fall of coal. Deceased was mining coal at the face when the coal broke away. About one ton fell on him, causing his death three hours later.
 
McADAMS
December 7, 1921, Joe McAdams, of Pana, mine examiner, age 34 years, married was killed by gas explosion in Smith-Lohr Company's mine. he leaves a widow and four children.
 
McCURDY
March 24, 1914, Fred McCurdy, of Pana, miner, aged 29 years, married, received injuries in mine No. 1. Pana Coal Company, Pana, Christian County, from which he died March 27, 1914. Deceased was in act of undercutting coal at face of his working place when a quantity fell with result as stated. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
McGUIRE
August 2, 1971, Bill E. McGuire, of Pawnee, age 50, married , one dependent child, came to his death at 8:20 p.m., August 2, 1971 from a crushing blow while in the performing of his duties as a roof bolter at Peabody Coal Co., Mine No. 10, Pawnee, Christian County, Illinois, where he had been employed for 3 years.
      Mr. Bill McGuire was fatally injured by a crushing blow to the chest area while working at his regular classification as roof bolter. He along with his co-worker, Mr. W. Calloway, Jr. were putting up roof bolts in the last open crosscut between room 10 and 11 on the AB side of the 3rd west off the 18 North off the 5 West off the Main South. The roof bolter was moved to position to put up a row of bolts. As the victim started to position his side of the bolter to put up a bolt, it struck him in the chest area resulting in a fatal injury.
 
McKENNA
April 17, 1895, George McKenna, of Pana, aged 18 years, single, occupation, gripper, was injured at 10:45 a. m., April 17, 1895 at the mine of the Springside Coal Mining Company. Pana. Christian county, and died at 3:30 p. m. the same day. He stopped the trip at the top of a hill on signal from a boy who attended the parting at the mouth of the entry towards which he was coming. He was signaled to come ahead, as he did not come, the fire- boss went to see what was the matter with him. He was found lying at the side of the entry, unconscious and remained .so until he died. As the grip was disconnected from the cable and his seat was found under the first car of the trip, it is probable that on receiving the signal to stop, he had disconnected the grip and the cars not stopping on the hill as readily as he desired, that he tried to stop them by placing his seat on the rail in front of the trip and was thrown down in front of the first car and afterwards crept to the side of the track before becoming unconscious.
 
McKINNON
August 23, 1925, Colin McKinnon, of Tovey, miner, age 25 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County, by falling coal. He leaves a widow.
 
January 4, 1922, Robert McKinnon, Sr., of Taylorville, miner, age 56 years, married, died from injuries received from falling coal two weeks previous in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 9 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
McLAUGHLIN
February 1, 1918, John McLaughlin, of Stonington, mine examiner, age 62 years, married was killed bya an explosion of gas in Peabody Coal Company's No. 21 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
McMANUS
February 5, 1928, James McManus, mine examiner, age 67 years, married, died from effects of a gas explosion January 27, 1928 in Assumption Coal Company's mine. The gas was ignited by an open lamp. he leaves a widow.
 
McROBERTS
December 7, 1894, John McRoberts, aged 27 years, miner, was killed at 3 p. m., December 7, 1894, at the mine of the Assumption Coal & Mining Company, Assumption, Christian county. He was taking down coal from the face when a piece of roof fell on him. A few minutes before, his partner had called his attention to the unsafe condition of the roof under which he was working. He had been out of the room a considerable part of the forenoon waiting for his tools; at the time of the accident, he was working very hard to load a full day's coal. He was more occupied with his work than with his personal safety. He left a widow.
 
MEAKIN
November 21, 1892, John Meakin, driver, aged 22 years, was killed in the Springside colliery, Pana. He was squeezed between a mule and a pit-car, which injured him internally, from which he died. He was a single man.
 
MELZER
February 26, 1922, Gus Melzer, of Taylorville, shot firer, age 26 years, married and Ernest Eggerman, of Taylorville, shot firer, age 36 years, married, died from injuries received from a shot explosion on February 21 in Springfield District Coal Company's No. 58 mine. Melzer leaves a widow and one child and Eggerman leaves a widow and four children.
 
MENCER
October 7, 1961, Edward Henry Mencer, of Jeiseyville (Christian County), laborer, age 26, married, four dependent children, was electrocuted at the 4th north, 4th east section of the Peabody Coal Company No. 10 mine, located at Pawnee, Christian County, Illinoiis. He was pronounced dead about 4:00 a.m. the same day at the Taylorville Hospital. He had had nine months experience at this mine.
      This accident occurred while Mr. Mencer (victim) was standing in the cab of an 8-ton Goodman motor preparing to move it to let two fellow workers pass by that were moving equipment from one section to another. While standing in the cab with his hand on the reverse lever, the back of his neck came in contact with the energized trolley wire at a cross-over. At this point, the trolley wire is 5 feet 7 inches from the rail.
 
MICKEY
February 18, 1895, Joseph Mickey, of Pana, aged 40 years, married, miner, was injured at the mine of the Springside Coal Company, Pana, Christian county, at 9:.30 a. m., February 18, 1895 and died at 3 p. m. the same day. Mr. Mickey and several other miners were taking off coal from the side of the main entry to make room for a double track. Two days previously they had undermined a piece of coal: on examining it on the day of the accident they found it loose and resting on the sprags. Mr. Mickey was cutting through a piece of top coal that was connected with it when the top coal parted from the roof and fell on him. He left a widow and eight children.
 
MICKLUS
July 15, 1950, Saturday, Thomas J. Micklus, of Thayer, clodman, aged 61 years, married, was killed by a rock fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MITCHELL
November 8, 1925, Puyus Mitchell, of Pana, miner, age 45 years, married, died from injuries received the day before in Pana Coal Company's No. 1 mine, by a shot explosion to which he returned too soon. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MONETTI
March 1, 1922, Charles Monetti, of Taylorville, shot firer, age 27 years, married, died from injuries received from a shot explosion on February 21 in Springfield District Coal Company's No. 58 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MORGALESE
November 9, 1928, Friday, Nick Morgalese, of Kincaid, miner, age 43 years, married, was killed by a fall of face coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
MULHOLLAND
June 18, 1914, Peter Mulholland, of Springfield, cager, aged 39 years, single, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. Deceased was in front of a car of rock trying to hold it back as it went on cage, which had steel bottom, and in some manner fell and body was crushed.
 
MUTAR
March 15, 1947 - See : UTAR
 

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NARRAMORE
November 13, 1913, Thursday, William Narramore, of Taylorville, loader, aged 31 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
NAZZARENO
July 16, 1923, Pecco Nazzareno, of Callaway, miner, age 39 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 9 mine, by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow and four children.
 

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OEHLER
December 10, 1912, Rudolph Oehler, of Pana, laborer, aged 25 years, single, fell down the shaft of the No. 1 mine of the Pana Coal Company, Pana, Christian County, and was killed.
 
ORORA
July 18, 1915, Jacques Orora, of Assumption, machine runner, age 36 years, married, was electrocuted in Assumption Coal and Mining Company's mine, Assumption, Christian County. Deceased evidently reached over the machine to get an oil can when he came in contact with the starting box. he leaves a widow and two children.
 
OSLAND
February 8, 1893, Jos. D. Osland, miner, aged 18 years, was killed by falling coal in the Pana Coal Co.'s mine No. 2, at Pana. He was working in the undermining when the coal fell. He was a single man.
 
OSSIFF
May 25, 1915, Tuesday, Mike Ossiff, of Kincaid, miner, age 28 years, married, was killed by falling coal in the Peabody Coal Company's mine No. 7, Kincaid, Christian County. He leave? a widow and five children.
 

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PACOTLI
June 22, 1945, Friday, Natali Pacotli, of Springfield, timberman, aged 58 years, married, was killed by a rock fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
PAGE
June 6, 1918, Simon Page, of Pana, miner, age 40 years, single, was killed in Penwell Coal Mining Company's mine. Deceased was mining a shot when a large piece of coal fell on him. He had no sprags under the coal and had fired a buster shot the night before.
 
PAILLIEUX / PALLIEUX
August 21, 1916, Louis Paillieux, miner, aged 31 (or 35) years, married, was killed by falling rock in Assumption Coal Company's No. 1 Mine, at Assupmtion, Illinois (per Death Certificate)
Louis Paillieux
Louis Paillieux
tombstone of Louis Paillieux
Note: Tombstone shows year of birth as 1881 and death certificate lists year of birth as 1885.
Certificate of Death
Courtesy of Mitch Hart
State of Illinois
State Board of Health - - Bureau of Vital Statistics
Standard
Certificate of Death
Registered No. : 16
County : Christian
City : Assumption
2. Full Name : Louis Paillieux
      Personal and Statistical Particulars
3. Sex : Male
4. Color or Race : White
5. : Married
6. Date of Birth : June 18, 1885
7. Age : 31
8 (a). Occupation : Miner
9. Birthplace : Lillers France
10. Name of Father : Louis Jos. Pallieux
11. Birthplace of Father : Lillers
12. Maiden Name of Mother : Virginia Desquirez
13. Birthplace of Mother : Lillers
14. Informant : Emile Loir
15. Filed : Aug 23 1916; S. N. Haversfield (Registrar)
      Coroner's Certificate of Death
16. Date of Death : Aug. 21, 1916
17. I Hereby Certify, that I took charge of the remains of the
deceased herein described, held an Inquest theron and
from the evidence obtained find that said deceased came to his death
on date stated above and that
The Cause of Death was as follows :
Falling Rock in Assumption Coal Mine Co. Mine # 1. at Assumption,
Ills. on Tuesday, Aug the 21, 1916
Signed : S. J. Snyder, Coroner
Address : Edinburg, Ills.
Date : Aug. 22, 1916 -- Telephone 22-6
18. Length of Residence : (blank)
19. Place of Burial or Removal :
      Greenwood Cemetery -- Date of Burial : Aug 23, 1916
20. Undertaker : Shafer & Pitzer -- Address : Assumption, Ill.

 
PALANGA
February 12, 1926, Alfred Palanga, of Jerseyville, miner, age 29 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
PATTON
November 13, 1940, Nelson Patton, of Pana, triprider, age 27 years, married, crushed by haulage motor, in the No. 9 mine of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving a widow and one child.
 
PAYNE
June 25, 1924 Ed. Payne, of Taylorville, miner, age 59 years, single, was killed in Springfield District Coal Company's mine No. 58. Deceased was helping push an empty car off the cage at the bottom of the shaft, when a lump of coal fell down the shaft and struck him on the head. He died about four hours later.
 
PELCH
January 6, 1930, Pete Pelch, of Tovey, machineman, age 41 years, married, was electrocuted in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County, by coming in contact with the cable reel while assisting in moving a mining machine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
PENDIAS
December 12, 1936, John Pendias, Sr., of Stonington, clean up man, age 63 years, married, killed by a fall of clod in mine No. 9 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife.
 
PENTER
July 14, 1936, Louis Penter, of Taylorville, timberman, age 43 years, married, killed by a fall of rock in mine No. 9 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife and three children.
 
PERALIO
May 23, 1918, Toney Peralio, of Tovey, trip rider, age 23 years, single, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. Deceased was taking a motor into the inside parting when it collided with another motor knocking him off and under the rear one, killing him instantly.
 
PERCIVAL
October 8, 1935, Eugene W. Percival, of Taylorville, timberman, aged 39 years, married, died from aortitis in mine No, 8 of the Peabody Coal Company, Kincaid, Christian County, leaving wife and one child.
 
PERNINI
November 11, 1917, Adolph Pernini, of Tovey, miner, age 32 years, single was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. There were no eye witnesses to this accident, and it is believed he was killed by a shot.
 
PERRY
July 17, 1944, William Perry, of Kincaid, clodman, aged 61 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
PETTY
August 31, 1953, Phillip M. Petty, of Taylorville, production foreman, age 50 years, married, was killed by a roof fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 10 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
PEZZE
December 8, 1948, Wednesday, Antonio Pezze, of Kincaid, loading machine operator, aged 42 years, single, was killed by a mine car in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine.
 
PICKARD
February 16, 1937, Glenn Pickard, of Taylorville, cleanup man, aged 40 years, married, killed by fall of slate in mine No. 58 of Peabody Coal Company, leaving wife and one child.
 
POP
May 11, 1972, Joseph Pop, Jr., of Tovey, age 57, married, no dependent children, was fatally injured at 6:45 p.m. on May 11, 1972 while in the performance of his duties as a loading machine operator at the Peabody Coal Co. Mine #10 Pawnee, Christian County where he had been employed for 17 years.
      Mr. Joseph Pop, Jr., a classified Loading Machine Operator, was working at his regular job on the 11th of May, when he was fatally injured by a fall of top rock. The accident occurred at the intersection of Room 19 and CB entry in the 4th North 3rd East off the Main North. At the time of the accident the victim had backed the loading machine away from the face and was pulling down some loose rib coal before loading out the the rest of the face area. He pulled down a small piece of rib coal and it released top rock, which fell striking the victim in his back. he was immediately given first aid and treated for shock. He was then placed on a stretcher and carried to the ambulance motor and transported to the top, where an ambulance was waiting to remove him to a hospital. He expired at 9:00 p.m. the same day.
 
PRUSCAVIZA
March 26, 1913, John Pruscaviza, of Pana, miner, aged 71 years, married, was killed by falling coal on the Pana Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Pana, Christian County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 

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RANALLETTA
November 20, 1980, Mark Ranalletta, of Springfield, age 28, married, three dependents, was fatally injured by a crib all at approximately 5:45 P.M., Thursday, November 20, 1980, while in the performance of his duties as Face Foreman at Peabody Coal Company, Mine #10, Pawnee, Christian County, Illinois.
      A falling crib occurred in the Main 1st South at the 118th crosscut. Mark Ranalletta and his crew went to the area to clean up the fallen cribbing. While in the process of this cleaning a span of cribbing, that had not fallen, gave way striking Mr. Ranalletta on the head. A doctor and ambulance were called to the mine; Mark Ranalletta was pronounced dead on arrival at the top.
 
RATKUS
September 29, 1911, John Ratkus, of Pana, miner, aged 40 years, single, employed by Pana Coal Company, at mine No. 1, Pana, Christian County, was killed by falling coal.
 
RAY
May 28, 1975, Jackson H. Ray, of Tovey, age 44, married, two dependents, and Mr. Kenneth A. Hunt, of Taylorville, age 36, married, four dependents, came to their death at approximately 7:10 p.m., Wednesday, May 28, 1975, from crushing injuries caused by a roof fall while in the performance of their duties, at the Peabody Coal Company Mine No. 10, Pawnee, Christian County where Mr. Ray was employed as a Miner Operator and Mr. Hunt was a Timberman.
      The roof fall occurred in the face area of No. 4 Entry of the 2 East First South 5½ W. Main South Section.
      Mr. Hunt, who was operating the Moner, started a cross-cut to the left, starting on the left side and finishing on the right. It was after they finished cutting this cross-cut that they began cutting down what was considered loose rock. In the process of brushing down this loose rock, the roof fell, fatally injuring both the men.
 
RAYMOND
December 14, 1916, Thursday, Thomas Raymond, of Kincaid, loader, age 33 years, single, was killed by a shot explosion in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves one dependent.
 
RHODES
November 14, 1893, Benjamin Rhodes, of Taylorville, machine runner, aged 25 years, single, was killed at mine No. 1 of the Taylorville Coal Company, Taylorville, Christian county. The deceased was running a machine in a room he did not consider safe. He sent for the loader and timberman to set props where he desired. Afterwards he continued running the machine when a piece of slate fell killing him instantly and injuring a helper. The slate of the roof was about one foot thick. There was a "pot" in the rock roof and a slip in the slate near the "pot" and another slip converging. This piece of slate should have been timbered, not matter how solid it sounded.
 
RICHARDS
March 14, 1950, Ralph Berland Richards, of Edinburg, motorman, aged 40 years, married, died from injuries received on March 13, 1950, when he was crushed between wall and motor, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
RICHTER
January 8, 1938, Frank Richter, of Bulpit, tracklayer, aged 60 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in mine No, 8 of the Peabody Coal Company, Kincaid, Christian County, leaving widow.
 
RIMINI
January 27, 1948, Joseph Rimini of Virden, clodman, aged 65 years, married, was killed by a fall of roof in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow.
 
ROBERTS
March 24, 1910, Thomas Roberts, of Taylorville, miner, aged 59 years, married, was killed by falling clod, in the Christian County Coal Company's mine located at Taylorville, Christian county.
 
May 12, 1947, Tony Roberts, of Kincaid, machine helper, aged 41 years, married, died from injuries received on May 8, 1947, by a fall of rockin Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
ROBERTSON
July 17, 1950, Ralph Lewis Robertson, of Hillsboro, timberman, aged 50 years, married, death was caused by electricity in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow.
 
ROBINSON
November 1, 1940, Isaac Earl Robinson, of Taylorville, loading machine operator, age 52 years, married, killed by a fall of roof, at the No. 9 mine of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
ROCKHOLT
September 2, 1917, John Rockholt, of Pana, miner, age 62 years, married, was taking down some loose coal in Penwell Coal Mining Company's mine, Pana, when rock fell on him. He leaves a widow and one dependent child.
 
RODDEN
October 2, 1934, Charles Rodden, of Taylorville, driller, age 52 years, married, died as a result of injuries received when he went to investigate a delayed explosion on September 29 in Mine No. 9 of the Peabody Coal Company. He leaves a widow and four dependent children.
 
July 18, 1969, John C. Rodden, of Taylorville, age 67, married, no dependent children, came to his death at 4:30 p.m. July 18, 1969 while performing his duties as a belt repairman at the Peabody Coal Company No. 10 mine, Pawnee, Christian County, Illinois, where he had been employed for 18 years.
      Mr. Rodden and Mr. Kenneth Wright were told to go and see what was wrong with the belt at the 3rd drive at the 2nd Intersection Main North because it was running out of line. This was near the end of the shift. When they got there they saw that the rollers had accumulated some refuse, which made the belt run out of line. The belt was stopped and the rollers were cleaned by both Mr. Rodden and his buddy, Mr. Wright. In the meantime, Mr. Robert Vernetti, who was in the 3rd West Main North, came to help out. When he got there they told him they had the rollers cleaned. The belt was then started to see if it was running in line or that it could be lined. While the belt was running Mr. Rodden must have noticed some refuse left on one edge of the tandem rollers so he crossed over and was attempting to dislodge this refuse with a screwdriver that he had with him, when he was caught and pulled through between the bottom belt and two crossframes crushing and mangling his body, killing him almost instantly. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the St. Vincent's Memorial Hospital, Taylorville, Illinois at 5:25 p.m.
 
The Decatur Herald, Decatur, Illinois
January 6, 1949; Page 1; Courtesy of Lois Branch
Rock Fall Kills Taylorville Man
      Taylorville, Jan. 5 (Staff) Joseph W. Rodden, 70, of Taylorville, who became weary of his retirement and returned to work as a face boss in Peabody mine No. 7 at Kincaid recently, was killed about 1 p.m. today in a fall of rock in the mine.
      Surviving are his wife, Grace, a daughter, Mrs. Helen Cima, Kincaid; seven sons, Frank, New York City, Paul, Kincaid, William, U.S. navy on Okinawa, and John, Edgar, Thomas and Joseph, Jr., of Taylorville. He also leaves a brother, Thomas, Taylorville, and two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Worman, Marseilles, and Mrs. Harold Limberg, Rockford.
      The body was taken to the Masterson funeral home here. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary's church, with burial in Oak Hill cemetery. Christian County Coroner Earl Baker will conduct an inquest Thursday afternoon.
 
RONCHETTO
August 18, 1928, Saturday, John Ronchetto, of Kincaid, trip rider, age 23 years, single, was caught between two cars while in the act of coupling them, and killed, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine.
 
ROSE   /   ROOSE
September 10, 1894, Wm. Roose, of Pana, aged 54 years, married, leaves a widow and two children, occupation, miner, was killed Sept. 10, 1894, at the mine of the Springside Coal Mining Company, Pana, Christian county. Wm. Roose and his partner, Samuel McConnell, had commenced to turn a room from another room, while they were under-mining the first cut, the loose coal fell killing Roose and bruising McConnell.
 
ROSSO
August 11, 1913, Sabatino Rosso, of Taylorville, shot firer, aged 42 years, married, was killed by flying coal in Christian County Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Taylorville, Christian County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
ROWDEY
May 12, 1919, Mike Rowdey, of Kincaid, miner, age 60 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine, Kincaid. Deceased was caught between car and coal rib when a trip of cars jumped the track. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
ROWLEY
October 14, 1930, Thomas Rowley, of Pana, miner, age 70 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Penwell Coal Mining Company's mine. he leaves a widow.
 
RUNGE
August 5, 1892, August Runge, of Pana, blacksmith, aged 28 years, was killed by falling down the shaft of Pana Coal Co.'s mine No. 1, at Pana. He was repairing the cage, on which he was standing, and was about two feet above the stops. The mine manager told him to get off the cage and he would have the engineer lower it on to the stops. Runge said he would stay on the cage. The signal was given to lower the cage, but before lowering, it went up about six feet. Bunge it seems got frightened and jumped off. He struck his head against a cross-timber, which threw him into the shaft. He left a widow and two children.
 
RUNNELS
March 22, 1933, Henry M. Runnels, of Taylorville, laborer, age 40 years, single (divorced), was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 9 mine, by a fall of coal. He leaves two children.
 
RUSHFORD
June 3, 1930, Tuesday, George Rushford, of Will, laborer, age 38 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and four children.
 

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SALVETTI
December 17, 1923, Monday, Tony Salvetti, of Kincaid, miner, age years, single, was killed by a fall of coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine.
 
SARKO
August 23, 1947, Andrew L. Sarko, of Langleyville, aged 57 years, driller, died from injuries received as a result of a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's Mine No. 9. He leaves a widow.
 
SCHIEWE
January 30, 1919, Ernest Schiewe, of Kincaid, machine runner, age 29 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine, Kincaid. He leaves a widow.
 
SCHUMAKER
June 12, 1911, John Schumaker, of Taylorville, driver, aged 26 years, single, employed at Springfield Coal Company's mine No. 6, Taylorville, Christian county, was run over by pit cars and instantly killed.
 
SCHUST
October 15, 1929, Matt Schust, of Pawnee, loader, age 54 years, single was crushed to death between pit-car and coal rib in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County.
 
SCOPEL
February 10, 1923, Saturday, Angelo Scopel, of Kincaid, machine runner, age 38 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. Deceased was oiling chain, machine kicked back and the bits caught him, cutting off both legs. He leaves a widow.
 
SCOTT
June 1, 1917, Charles Scott, of Pana, miner, age 65 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Penwell Coal Mining Company's mine, Pana, Christian County. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
SEREMIN
January 15, 1931, Thursday, John Seremin, of Kincaid, trackman, age 58 years, married was killed by a fall of slate in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SHOLTIS
August 23, 1948, Joe Sholtis, of Virden, loading machine helper, aged 50 years, married, was killed by a fall of roof in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow.
 
SIMPSON
April 22, 1944, Adam Simpson, of Pana, loader, aged 50 years, married, was killed by a rock fall in Pana Mines Corporation's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and one dependent child.
 
February 10, 1924, Charles Simpson, of Pana, miner, age 52 years, married, died from injuries received two days before by a fall of rock in Pana Coal Company's mine No. 2. He leaves a widow.
 
SMITH
October 6, 1950, Clarence N. Smith, of Morrisonville, aged 66 years, machine operator, married, died from injuries received from being crushed between coal and machine on October 2, 1950, in Peabody Coal Company's Mine No. 9. He leaves a widow and three dependent children.
 
December 12, 1899, Henry Smith, of Pana, miner, age not known, was injured by falling slate in the Penwell Coal & Mining Company's mine at Pana, December 5, 1898. He was working in the face of a room. Some slate fell and struck him on the back and shoulders. He was taken to St. John's Hospital, Springfield, Illinois, for treatment where he died December 12, 1898.
 
July 12, 1934, Thursday, Peter W. Smith, of Taylorville, electrician, age 39 years, married, was killed by a pit car in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
December 22, 1917, Samuel E. Smith, of Pana, miner, age 62 years, married, was killed by a fall of of top coal in Smith-Lohr Coal Company's mine, Pana. He leaves a widow.
 
SPRAITZER
May 3, 1944, Peter Spraitzer, of Taylorville, driller, aged 53 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
STAHALK
December 13, 1933, Anton Stahalk, of Taylorville, timberman, age 65 years, widower, was killed by a fall of coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 9 mine.. He leaves one child.
 
STAMM
August 13, 1937, John Stamm, of Taylorville, loading machine helper, aged 49 years, single, killed by fall of slate in mine No. 58 of Peabody Coal Company, leaving one dependent.
 
STANDFIELD
November 13, 1917, John Standfield, of Louisville, laborer, age 24 years, married, was killed at Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County, by electrocution. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
STAUNTON
July 16, 1923, Frank Staunton, of Pana, miner, age 56 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Penwell Coal Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one dependent child.
 
STEELE
May 8, 1943, Paul LeRoy Steele, of Taylorville, loading machine helper, aged 41 years, was killed when caught between loader and pit cars in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
STEINHEMIER
May 18, 1935, Saturday, Fred Steinhemier, of Stonington, loading machine operator, age 41 years, married, was killed by fall of cap rock in mine No. 7 of the Peabody Coal Company, leaving a wife and two children.
 
STEPHENS
December 23, 1960, Duff Stephens, Jr., of Taylorville, age 45, was fatally injured at the No. 10 Mine off the Peabody Coal Company, Christian County., Pawnee, Illinois, at approximately 8:40 p.m. on December 23, 1960. He was employed as a car rider and had 9 years and 6 months experience at this mine. He is survived by his widow and three dependent children.
      According to Mr. Neal Dawson, an eye witness, Mr. Stephens was tightening the brake on two loaded cars while in motion when suddenly he slipped and fell in front of the cars and was dragged 96 feet before the cars came to a stop. The attending doctor pronounced him dead as a result of a broken neck.
 
STERNMAN
September 7, 1896, Henry Sternman, of Pana, aged 52 years, occupation miner, leaves a widow and seven children, three of whom are dependents, was injured at 10 a. m. September 4, 1896 in a room in the second stub entry, of the fifth south entry on the west side of the mine of the Penwell Coal Mining Company, Pana, Christian county, and died from the effects of the injuries on September 7, 1896. The accident was caused by a fall of coal that he was undermining.
 
STEWART
January 4, 1929, Friday, Alexander Stewart, of Kincaid, miner, age 20 years, single, was killed by an explosion of powder in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. Deceased was filling his cartridge with powder when the explosion occurred.
 
STIVERS
January 16, 1967, Lonnie A. Stivers, of Stonington, age 26, married, three dependent children, came to his death on the 16th day of January, 1967 at or about the hour of 3:30 a.m. Head and chest injuries which were sustained accidentally while he was in the performance of his duties as foreman of the Peabody Coal Company, Mine No. 10 located three miles south of Pawnee, Christian County, Illinois, were the cause of his death. Mr. Stivers had been employed at this mine for six years.
      Since there were no eyewitnesses to the accident, it is presumed that Mr. Stivers was checking the belt alignment of a 36" belt in the 16 South 5 West, Main South, when in some unknown manner, his right arm became entangled between the bottom roller and belt at the 36" drive. His body was found in a standing position by Mr. Howard Lowis, a belt cleaner. He was pronounced dead by a doctor at the surface of the new shaft.
 
STRUNKITIS
October 28, 1914, William Strunkitis, of Taylorville, miner, age 62 years, married, employed in the No. 6 mine of the Springfield Coal Mining Company, Taylorville, Christian County, was killed by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow.
 
STUPAR
The Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, Illinois
February 25, 1949; Page 1; Courtesy of Lois Branch
Miner Killed At Taylorville
      Taylorville-Feb. 25 (Staff) Joseph Stuper, 53, Thayer, was killed instantly at 9 a.m. today in a rock fall in Peabody mine, No. 7, at Kincaid. Mr. Stuper was employed as track layer at the mine.
      An inquest into the death will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the Masterson funeral home by Christian county Cororner Earl Baker.
      Survivors of Mr. Stuper include his wife and a son, Sgt. Joseph Stuper in the army recruiting office in Springfield.
 
The Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, Illinois
February 26, 1949; Page 2; Courtesy of Lois Branch
Coal Miner Killed
      Taylorville, (UP) -- Coal miner Joseph F. Stupar, 52, Thayer was killed yesterday (February 25, 1949) at Peabody Mine No. 7 when he was caught in a rock fall.

SULTER
September 22, 1910, Harry Sulter, of Pana, coupler, single, aged 35 years, employed by Smith-Lohr Coal Mining Company at Pana, Christian county, was coupling cars together on the parting, had his head between the cars, when a driver ran his trip into the cars on parting, bumping them together, crushing his skull, and killing him instantly.
 

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TEIRRY
September 12, 1923, William Teirry [or Furry], of Stonington, miner, age 46 years, married, was killed in No. 21 mine, Peabody Coal Company, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
TONDI
March 29, 1918, Joe Tondi, of Tovey, miner, age 28 years, single, was killed by the explosion of a shot to which he had returned too soon, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County.
 
TUDOR
June 15, 1945, Benjamin A. Tudor, of Taylorville, face boss, aged 53 years, married, was killed when he was knocked off a motor in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow.
 
TURLIP
April 22, 1918, Joe Turlip, of Taylorville, machine runner, age 28 years, single, died from the effects of a broken leg which he sustained on April 9, 1918, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. Deceased was cutting coal with a machine when coal fell from the face and broke his leg.
 
TURNER
August 17, 1942, Ludwig Turner, of Pana, miner, aged 58 years, single, was killed when coal fell from the face on him in Pana Mines Corporation's No. 1 mine.
 

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UTAR
March 15, 1947, Albert Mike Utar, of Bulpitt, repairman, aged 24 years, single, died from injuries received on March 14, 1945, by haulage in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County.
Note : Surname listed as "Mutar" in Coal Reports.
 
November 15, 1956, Alfred Joseph Utar, of Kincaid, loading machine helper, age 42 years, married, was killed by a roof fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 10 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

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VALMAN
February 18, 1946, Monday, Charles Valentine Valman, of Kincaid, mine examiner, aged 63 years, died from injuries received in a haulage accident that occurred on Tuesday February 12, 1946, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
VanALST
September 4, 1940, Harry James VanAlst, of Taylorville, loading machine operator, age 34 years, married, killed by fall of roof, in the No. 58 mine of the Peabody Coal Company, leaving a widow.
 
VARVEL
October 1, 1918, Herman Varvel, of Blue Mound, trip rider, age 18 years, single, was run over and killed in Peabody Coal Company's mine, No. 21, Stonington, Christian County. Deceased was riding trip and jumped off to run ahead and throw a switch; he caught his foot under a tie and fell in front of trip, which ran over him.
 
VENZON
August 25, 1916, Friday, Louis Venzon, of Kincaid, loader, age 32 years, married, was killed by a shot explosion in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
VITTUARI
November 28, 1951, Joseph Vittuari, of Edinburg, timberman, aged 63 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in mine No, 8 of the Peabody Coal Company, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow.
 

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WALKER
May 18, 1935, Saturday, Hardy Walker, of Taylorville, loading machine helper, age 43 years, married, was killed by fall of cap rock in mine No. 7 of the Peabody Coal Company, leaving a wife and one child.
 
WALLNER
December 12, 1895, Joseph Wallner, of Pana, aged 23 years, single, occupation miner, was killed at 3 p. m., December 12, 1895, in mine No. 1 of the Pana Coal Company, Pana, Christian county. He was mining, when a piece of coal weighing about 1,500 pounds fell, crushing him so that he died instantly.
 
WARD
April 21, 1947, Monday, Harry Thomas Ward, of Thayer, loading machine helper, aged 40 years, married, was killed by a rock fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WASKUM
December 27, 1913, Rudolph Waskum, of Taylorville, driver, aged 27 years, single, died from injuries received four days earlier in Christian County Coal Company's mine, Taylorville, Christian County. Deceased was kicked in abdomen by a mule while hitching to a loaded pit car.
 
WATTELET
April 27, 1939, Marceau Wattelet, of Stonington, timberman's helper, aged 29 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in mine No, 8 of the Peabody Coal Company, Kincaid, Christian County, leaving wife and one dependent child.
 
WEKNIFSKI
November 10, 1893, Joseph Weknifski, of Pana, miner, aged 27 years, single, was killed by falling coal at mine No. 1 of the Springside Coal Mining Company, Pana, Christian county. The deceased was undermining a part of a rib-shot that had cut ahead of the hole and beyond the mining. When the shot was fired the front part of the coal fell, leaving a part of the undermined coal and all that part of the shot that had cut ahead of the mining standing up. He was mining about two feet from the bottom when the coal fell on him, killing him instantly.
 
WELLS
June 18, 1950, Sunday, Omer Ray Wells, of Taylorville, washer repairman, aged 56 years, married, was killed when crushed by machinery in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
WENNEBORG
November 15, 1928, Oliver H. Wenneborg, of New Berlin, foreman, age 34 years, married, was helping to unload a generator from a truck at the Otto P. Wenneborg mine, when it slipped and fell, catching him between it and the truck, killing him almost instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
WEST
March 10, 1897, Scott West, aged 35 years, occupation miner, married, leaves a widow and three children, was injured at 2 p. m., march 9, 1897, in room29 of the tenth north entry on the north side of the mine of the Springside Coal Mining Company, Pana, Christian county, and died the following day. There was slip running across the room in which he worked. He had undermined the coal to the slip and fired a shot that failed to bring down the coal. He set up a sprag under the coal and resumed undermining. The coal parted from the slip and broke around the sprag. Part of the coal fell on him.
 
WESTBROOK
July 19, 1895, Allison Westbrook, of Taylorville, aged 33 years, single, occupation cager, was killed at 4:20 p. m., July 19, 1895, at the mine of the Taylorville Coal Company, Taylorville, Christian county. The cager on the opposite side of the shaft was pushing a loaded car to the cage, when the corner of the car struck the upright corner rod of the cage. Westbrook immediately stepped on the cage and was pushing the car back, when, without any signal from the bottom, the cage started up, taking Mr. Westbrook with it, crushing him against the crown timber, causing instant death.
 
WHITE
April 28, 1917, James White, of Stonington, cager, age 34 years, single, fell off the cage in Peabody Coal Company's mine, No. 21, Stonington, Christian County and was killed.
 
September 20, 1926, Larren White, of Taylorville, trip rider, age 25 years, married, was killed by being caught between pit car and coal rib in Peabody Coal Company's No. 9 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WICKS
September 18, 1950, Billy V. Wicks, of Taylorville, aged 28 years, trip rider, single, died from injuries received from being crushed between coal and pit cars on September 15, 1950, in Peabody Coal Company's Mine No. 9. He leaves one dependent.
 
WILEY
January 14, 1952, Monday, Russell Wiley, of Riverton, shooter, aged 58 years, married, was killed by a fall of the roof in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
WILLIAMS
May 25, 1899, Harvey Williams, of Pana, miner, aged 25 years, single, was killed May 25, 1899, in the Springside Coal & Mining Company's mine, Pana. He was killed at the dace of room No. 12 in the 1st north entry. There was a slip in the slate, also in the coal. He had set a prop under the slate, but too far back from the slip. In taking the coal off the slip the slate came away and caught him. If the slip could have been seen, it is presumed he would have secured the slate by timbering under it.
 
WILSON
April 1, 1947, Charles T. Wilson, of Edinburgh, aged 54 years, machine helper, died from injuries received as a result of a rock fall that occurred on February 26, 197 in Peabody Coal Company's Mine No. 9. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
January 6, 1934, J. M. Wilson, of Taylorville, motorman, age 29 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 9 mine, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WINES
February 26, 1934, Monday, Barton Wines, of Taylorville, trackman, age 46 years, single was killed by falling slate in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine.
 
WOLLNER
April 10, 1907, Anton Wollner, of Pana, miner aged 35 years, married, employed by Smith-Lohr Coal Mining Company at Pana, Christian county, was struck on the head by a small piece of coal that fell from near the roof at the face of his room, fracturing his skull and killing him instantly. He leaves a widow but no children.
 
WRIGHT
February 28, 1955, Frank C. Wright, of Taylorville, car dropper, age 45 years, married, was killed by being crushed between railroad cars on February 18, 1955, at Peabody Coal Company's No. 10 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
June 21, 1929, Orville Wright, of Springfield, laborer, age 27 years, married, was struck by a cage and instantly killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 9 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

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YANUSHITIS
December 15, 1904, Joe Yanushitis, of Taylorville, miner, aged 22 years, married, employed in the Christian County Coal Co.'s mine, Taylorville, Christian county, was fatally injured by falling coal in Room No. 14, first northeast entry. Deceased had fired a shot on the left side of his room, after it had been mined by machine, the shot failing to throw the coal down, instead of taking it down he began loading his car and while doing so the coal fell, striking him on the forehead fracturing the skull. He died before reaching the surface, leaving a widow and one child.
 
YOUNG
January 2, 1894, Torral Young, of Pana, miner, aged 25 years, married, was instantly killed by falling rock in Mine No. 1, Penwell Coal Mining Company, Pana, Christian county. The deceased was loading a car at the time of the accident. The room had a number of slips in the roof. some of the roof had previously fallen from these slips. The piece that killed Young fell from a slip near the face of the coal. A number of props and cross-bars were in the room and other bars should have been put up nearer the face before the roof broke.
 

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ZITKUS
March 3, 1914, Tuesday, Mike Zitkus, of Kincaid, machine helper, aged 30 years, married, was killed by machine in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine, Kincaid, Christian County. Deceased was injured while himself and machine runner were performing the dangerous act of kicking machine from face by use of power and jack pipe placed against coal and machine bits. The regular sized fuse wire had been taken off and a piece of No. 16 insulated copper wire substituted, which provided no safety as it would not blow out under any ordinary conditions. Deceased was standing in frame of machine and when power was applied was thrown into chain, which dragged his body into frame. The machine runner failed to shut off power for some time and deceased was badly mangled. The machine was kicked 6 feet from the face. I make particular mention of this case as this dangerous practice exists in many places and should not be classed as one of the risks encountered in the occupation of mining.
 
ZUBLES
July 7, 1925, Pete Zubles, of Bulpit, loader, age 42 years, single, was struck by pit cars and killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, Kincaid, Christian County.
 

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